Welcome to MyNorth’s Spring Vacation Planner, a great tool for enjoying a great Northern Michigan vacation over spring break, from March 26, 2010 to April 4, 2010. Northern Michigan is spring break-central for lots of families choosing to take a stay-cation in Traverse City, Petoskey and throughout the North. And this region is the preferred destination for families in the Midwest looking to take a spring break vacation close to home. You’re choosing to leave behind the crowds, days of travel and big expense and head out into the North for fun. Here’s a day-by-day planner for a great Northern Michigan vacation.
March 26: Get into The Guinness
Traverse City’s Great Wolf Lodge is literally going for the record books this spring break—with a “waterslide-a-thon” that kicks off on Friday, March 26 at 5 p.m. The 24-hour super-soaker will attempt to break the record for the world’s longest, while raising funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America via $1 per slide donations. Great Wolf will match each donation, up to $50,000. Mention “Spring Break Blast” when booking for a deal that includes lodging, Waterpark passes and daily cub club activities for as low as $249.95. 866-478-9653, greatwolf.com/traverse/waterpark.
March 27: Tree (and toe) Tappin’ Good Times
Crystal Mountain Resort hosts the Maple Syrup Festival from 11 a.m-4 p.m. Tree to table how-to sessions, live bluegrass and chainsaw wood carving demonstrations make this a must do sugar-bration. Take a family maple syrup surrey ride, save on spa treatments, and dive into delicious stacks of syrup-drenched pancakes before turning in for the night, thanks to a special houseguest package Crystal is offering March 26-March 28. 800-968-7686, ext. 5100 for package reservations. crystalmountain.com.
March 28: Snuggle with a Snake
Open from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordon, boasts everything from an animal room full of snakes, lizards, turtles and more to a barrier-free treehouse and ancient world exhibit. Be sure to check out the new Earth Tones Musical Garden and the myriad of classes—the lists are online—that can be designed just for your family with a simple phone call. 877-833-4254, ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org
March 29: Hop on the Hogwarts Express
All week long the Traverse City Film Festival is hosting free movies at The State for stay-cation folks. With 35 films and themes ranging from Chick Flicks to Superhero Day, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Bring your wand on Monday for an afternoon and evening packed with Potter power (movies two through five will be shown). A complete schedule is available online, and tickets for the free shows can be picked up now at the State Theatre Box Office or by calling 231- 947-3446. traversecityfilmfest.org.
March 30: Nab a Nature Break
Test your nature detective skills with a team scavenger hunt from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center in Traverse City. Explore the trails and learn about stewardship while celebrating the return of spring. Stay for exhibits, crafts and more. Different activities happening daily from March 29 thru April 2. 231-941-0960, natureiscalling.org.
March 31: Break for Budding Artists
Reserve your own personal docent at Crooked Tree Arts Center to walk your family through two exhibits honoring the beauty of Northern Michigan. Stop by Ben Franklin Crafts in downtown Petoskey before you go to stock up on sketchpads and supplies. When the tour is over, plop on the Arts Center floor and partake in a family draw time. Refrigerator door-worthy work almost guaranteed. 231-347-4337, crookedtree.org
April 1: Bowl, Baby, Bowl
Hang with the locals in a true small town shoulder season celebration, and bowl down Main Street in Harbor Springs at 3:15 p.m. Free suckers and strike-opportunities for all pin-knocking participants. Grab a coffee at Wooly Bugger and stroll through downtown when you are done—the shops that are open are sporting great deals, including 40 percent off all winter gear and 20-percent off all paddling accessories with the purchase of a kayak at The Outfitter. 231-526-7999, harborspringschamber.com.
April 2: Skiing and Sliding and Spa-ing, Oh My
Spend the weekend at Boyne Mountain’s Grand Mountain Lodge. Loads of family fun is packed into this spring special weekend—from Avalanche Bay passes to nightly bonfires and basket-loads of Easter activities. Spring break deals from $168 a night. For reservations call 800-462-6963 Boyne.com.
April 3: Happy Hunt Day
Take a tour of Easter Egg Hunts (find a list of area hunts on page 18 of the April issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine) Be sure to hit the annual Charlevoix hunt at 2 p.m., where 5,000 eggs will be hidden in East Park. In addition to being held in a spot that’s earned recognition as one of America’s most beautiful public spaces, children can get a free picture with a certain rascally Easter rabbit. 231-547-2101, charlevoix.org.
April 4: Bid Break Adieu with Brunch
No spring break is complete without a good Easter Brunch. MyNorth has you covered with a host of ideas from all over the area: Check out Out to Easter Brunch in Northern Michigan. Whether you want to meet the bunny, feel refined, or just stuff your face with s’mores French toast, we’ve got you covered.